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How far was the policy of appeasement the most important cause of WW2?

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"How far was the policy of appeasement the most important cause of WW2?" There were four main causes of ww2: the Treaty of Versailles, Hitler's actions, the failure of the League of Nations and the failure of the appeasement. In this essay I am going to investigate how far was the policy of appeasement the most important cause of World War 2. Appeasement allowed the British and French to ignore an approaching threat and produced a fake 'peace' that led to many deaths. Appeasement also bought Britain the precious time it needed to prepare for the war; which was inevitable at this point. However, this also gave Germany time to prepare for war. Appeasement gave Hitler the idea that nobody would stand against his expansionist attitude. If the Appeasement policy had been abandoned by 1935, ww2 probably could have been avoided. ...read more.

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The policy of appeasement used by Chamberlain, while intended to preserve the peace, hindered the Allies and help Germany when ww2 broke out. Letting Germany increase its navy, army, and air force, reoccupy the Rhineland, and give it the Czech Sudetenland all helped to strengthen the German position in Europe. It would lead to Germany taking over most of Europe with relative ease in a matter of months. Appeasement refers to the foreign policy of England and France toward Germany in the years prior to ww2. They let Hitler rebuild the German army and navy, occupy the Sudetenland and Czechoslovakia. If they had put up a fight at the beginning, perhaps Hitler would not have kept pushing until the situation turned into a World War. Appeasement was a popular concept among British policy. ...read more.

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Hitler didn't make his plans of eastward expansion in secrecy. Appeasement gave the Russians the idea that Britain and France would not stand in the way of Germany. It also put a lot of trust into Hitler's promises. It was based on the idea that Hitler was trustworthy. Finally, it encouraged Hitler to be aggressive. Hitler gained confidence as he won gamble after gamble. This encouraged him to take a bigger risk. In conclusion, a lot of people think Chamberlain appeased Hitler in order to avoid war; however others say that he was propelling Europe into war by allowing Hitler to do as he pleased. I think appeasement was a factor, which caused ww2. However, there were other factors, as appeasement on it's own would never cause a war. I think the harshness of the Treaty of Versailles was probably the most important cause of ww2 as many Germans were full of resentment and wanted revenge. Had Britain and France resisted German aggression earlier, ww2 might not have broken out. ...read more.

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